Know before you go!
Region & Time Zone: Caribbean, Atlantic Time Zone (GMT -4)
Passport Required: Yes
Languages Spoken: Spanish, English
Currency: Dominican Peso
Power: Two-prong, non-US plug at 110 volts
A little background
Lying quietly on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, La Romana was established as a small sugarcane town near the end of the 19th century. It later became the nation's center for import and exportation of sugar in the 1920s. In addition to sugar industry, the surrounding region also produces coffee, tobacco, beeswax and cattle. Blessed with beautiful coastline, tropical rainforests and rich cultures, La Romana is now one of the most visited destinations in the nation welcoming visitors to explore the hidden gem.
Altos de Chavon
Known as La Romana's most popular cultural attraction, Altos de Chavon showcases a breathtaking recreation of medieval architecture. The stunning, Roman-style 5,000-seat amphitheater has hosted renowned performers including Frank Sinatra, Andrea Bocelli and many others. It is a beautiful place to enjoy a savory dinner, sip on drinks at a bar or go shopping-- all while overlooking the Chavon River.
Running past the city of La Romana, Chavon River is known for its dense tropical jungle along the riverbank. Visitors can easily see why Chavon River was sought after as a film location for movies. The beautiful river is home to rainforest wildlife, making it a great place to observe them up-close. In addition to taking riverboat cruises, canoeing is also a great way to explore the natural beauty of the river.
Island Catalina is classified as a protected environment, which makes it a favored diving spot for many. One popular diving spot near the island is The Wall, an impressive drop-off that is inhabited by corals and tropical fish. Another famous diving spot is the wreckage of Quedagh Merchant, the ship once loaded with valuable merchandise before it was captured and abandoned by the 17th-century pirate Captain William Kidd. The shipwreck is now part of the Living Museum of the Sea.
Located just 10 miles east of La Romana, Bayahibe town has transformed itself from a quiet fishing town into a vacation paradise in recent years.The crystal clear, calm waters of the Caribbean Sea make Playa Bayahibe and Playa Dominicus the most popular public beaches for snorkeling, diving and stand-up paddle boarding. Divers who venture deeper into the sea will find spectacular coral formations and three shipwrecks: the Atlantic Princess, the St. George and the Coco wreck.
National Park of the East
The National Park of the East, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to subtropical forests. Nature enthusiasts will find a wide array of wildlife as they walk through the forest. The park also covers the area once inhabited by Taino Indians, who left plenty of wall drawings in the subterranean tunnels and caves. Another main attraction around the park is Soana Island, attracting vacationers with its inviting, soft white-sand beaches.